Paul Krugman: The War On The Poor Is A War On You-Know-Who:
[Stan] Greenberg… makes clear… the current Republican obsession with attacking programs that benefit Americans in need, ranging from food stamps to Obamacare, isn’t about some philosophical commitment to small government, still less worries about incentive effects…. It’s about anxiety over a changing America… and anger that Democrats are taking Their Money and giving it to Those People… still race after all these years.
One irony… is… the liberals… believe in America, while the conservatives don’t…. I believe that today’s immigrants will be incorporated into the fabric of our society, just as Italian and Jewish immigrants… became “white”…. Another irony is that the great right-wing fear--that social insurance programs will in effect buy minority votes for Democrats, leading to further change--is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy…. A key takeaway for us wonks is that none of the ostensible debates we’re having--say, the debate over rising disability rolls--can be taken at face value…. The other side doesn’t care about the evidence.